Representatives of the Philippine government – and especially the military – have launched accusations recently against different social organizations, including some of Viva Salud's partners. Allegedly, human rights organizations, women's organizations and other civil society groups would be mere front organizations for 'terrorist' groups. According to some reports in the Philippine media, the Philippines has requested Belgium to stop funding these organizations through Belgian NGOs like Viva Salud.
Every year, governments are diverting $1 trillion dollars away from people and public services into the hands of big companies. The report 'Changing track: putting people before corporations" by Health Poverty Action, the People's Health Movement and Viva Salud outlines why we need to put people before corporations.
On 22 and 23 September, staff of Viva Salud Palestinian partners took part in a training of trainers (ToT) activity aimed at strengthening their capacity to engage with the community in the struggle for the right to health. The training was delivered by our colleague Chiara Bodini.